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Phoenix Suns guard Jimmer Fredette looks on while warming up before the start of his team's NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Monday, March 25, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

If you can tolerate the poor overall play and the me-first attitude of some players, there is some NBA basketball to watch this summer.

While the level of play is up and down, all of these guys are trying to make an NBA roster and this is their opportunity. That includes former BYU legend Jimmer Fredette, who is playing for the Golden State Warriors this summer, and former Cougar Eric Mika (Sacramento Kings).

As it happens, those two teams played each other on the opening night of the California Classic in Sacramento, with the Kings winning 81-77.

Fredette played 16 minutes and scored 14 points -- tied for the Warriors second-leading scorer -- making 5 of 10 from the field, 3 of 3 free throws and 1 of 5 from the 3-point line. He added seven rebounds and a steal to go along with two turnovers.

Fredette has played overseas the past two season, dominating the Chinese League while scoring 37 points per game.

Mika played about five minutes total for Sacramento and for some reason didn't include his stats in the box score, but I know I watched him work hard for rebounds, make a couple of free throws and miss a couple of tip ins.

Mika has played in Italy and Germany since leaving BYU after his sophomore season in 2016-17.

Both Fredette and Mika are in action again on NBAtv on Tuesday and Wednesday. Here's the rest of the schedule: 

July 2: Lakers-Warriors, 7 p.m. MT (NBA TV), Heat-Kings, 9 p.m. MT (NBA TV)

July 3: Warriors-Heat, 1 p.m. MT (NBA TV), Lakers-Kings, 3 p.m. MT (NBA TV)

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Darnell Dickson, who has been covering sports in Utah since 1989 (with a detour to Nebraska for three years somewhere in there), is currently the BYU football columnist and BYU men’s basketball beat writer.

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